Startup Essentials: Avoiding Common Employment Law and HR Pitfalls

Recorded: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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Startup founders focused on financing, developing, and marketing their business may not prioritize complying with the panoply of federal, state, and local employment laws. However, as an early-stage startup grows and hires more staff, non-compliance with these laws can pose substantial legal risks. To avoid potentially devastating liability and reputational damage, startups must have a plan for identifying and managing employment and human resources-related issues.

Join Practical Law for a free 75-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m., in which Philip M. Berkowitz, a shareholder with Littler Mendelson P.C., and his colleague, Christine L. Hogan, discuss key employment laws, practices, and policies of particular concern for startups.
In this program, attendees will:

  • Obtain an overview of key steps startups should take before hiring their first employees, and the ones they can’t afford not to take.
  • Review best practices for documenting a startup’s relationship with its founders and employees.
  • Learn how startups can avoid common employment law pitfalls, including employee misclassification, noncompliance with minimum wage and overtime regulations, and more.
  • Explore critical workplace policies and compliance areas.

Philip M. Berkowitz, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Christine L. Hogan, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Barbara Harris, Senior Legal Editor, Labor & Employment Service, Practical Law

Joe Green, Senior Legal Editor, Capital Markets & Corporate Governance Service, Practical Law

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